Biomass Plant Technicians

Biomass Plant Technician Operates Processing Equipment

Biomass is renewable energy that is created from organic matter or from animal wastes and fats. A major benefit of biomass is that it does not depend on extracting materials that are in limited supplies and cannot be renewed, such as oil, natural gas, coal, or nuclear energy. Biomass plant technicians control and monitor biomass-fueled equipment and systems. They inspect biomass power plants and operating equipment and record and report their findings. They read meters, instruments, and gauges, and use analytical and scientific software to conduct their work. According to the Department of Labor, there were approximately 11,900 plant and systems operators, including biomass plant technicians, employed in the United States in May 2016.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Biomass Facilitator, Equipment Operator, Plant Operator
Duties Monitor and control biomass production equipment; observe and record data for quality control
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
Experience One year work experience; on-the-job-training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Senior Biomass Plant Technician
  • Experienced Biomass Plant Technician
  • Apprentice Biomass Plant Technician